Experiencing God as the Great I Am who Exists Forever and Fulfills His Promises

Because Jehovah exists eternally and because He is the reality of the verb to be, He will fulfill whatever He has spoken. When you encounter tests, trials, and difficulties, you should say, “Lord, You are. My problems will end, but You, Lord, will be forever.” Witness Lee, Life-Study of Exodus, msg. 14In the Bible, El Shaddai is God’s name for supply and promise, while Jehovah – the great I AM – is God’s name for existence and fulfillment; today we enjoy God not only as El Shaddai but also as Jehovah, the One who fulfills what He has promised.

Both the Old and the New Testament are specific and precise when they speak of God, and the names of God refer to particular aspects of His person and being as related to man.

When God created all things, His name was Elohim, the Creator, the strong and mighty One; this refers to God’s relationship with creation.

When God came to Moses and called him to deliver His people from Egypt, He introduced Himself as the I AM WHO I AM, Jehovah God; this name refers to God’s relationship with man. Jehovah is not only the One who is powerful but also the One who draws near to man.

Jehovah means “I am who I am”; He is the self-existing and ever-existing One, the eternal One. Our God was in the past, He is in the present, and He will be in the future forever – He is the definition of the verb “to be”.

Our human mind is limited in its comprehending by time-space-cause, thinking that there has to be a cause for there to be an effect, and things have to take place in time and space. God is beyond our mind to understand; He simply is.

Before we were born, God was; as we live on earth, God is, and long after we’re gone, God will be. God is the self-existing One – He depends on nothing apart from Himself; no one created God, for God simply is.

He exists by Himself without beginning and without ending; He has no beginning or ending, He simply exists.

The Lord Jesus is Jehovah, the great I am; when He came to us, He said, Unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins (John 8:58). Furthermore, when we come forward to God, we must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).

Praise the Lord, our God is! We believe that God is and we are not; we are here and we will continue to be simply because God is. We don’t know what will happen to us after we die, but we know that, because He is, we will also be in Him and with Him. We believe into the great I am, Jehovah God – He is our God, and we are His people!

El-Shaddai is God’s name for Supply and Promise, Jehovah is His Name for Existence and Fulfillment

Heb. 11:13 All these died in faith, not receiving the promises but seeing them from afar and joyfully greeting them and confessing that they were strangers and sojourners on the earth.One particular name of God that we see in the Old Testament is El Shaddai, the all-inclusive supplying and promising God, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob experienced God as El Shaddai – see Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11; again and again God appeared to them, called them, supplied them, and promised to them.

God promised Abraham a seed, a nation that will fill the earth and inherit it, and a good land; this is the El Shaddai, literally “God with an udder” – He promises, and He provides the supply bountifully. Isaac and Jacob also experienced God as El Shaddai, and they enjoyed His blessing, His supply, and His promise.

However, they did not experience God as Jehovah, for they died in faith without receiving the fulfillment of God’s promise regarding the good land (Heb. 11:13, cf. Gen. 15:13-16). God promised them the good land, but they died in faith – yet they didn’t inherit the good land.

In their experience God was the all-sufficient One, but He was not Jehovah; to them, He was the promising God, but not the fulfilling God. But when God appeared to Moses in Exo. 6:1-8, He didn’t speak as El Shaddai (the promising God) but as Jehovah, the fulfilling God.

God didn’t merely make a promise to Moses concerning the good land: He came to fulfill His promise. God promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the good land, and He told Abraham that his descendents will sojourn for 400 years before they enter into the land; now God came to Moses to fulfill His promise.

Gen. 17:1 And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, Jehovah appeared to Abram and said to him, I am the All-sufficient God; Walk before Me, and be perfect. Gen. 28:3 And may the All-sufficient God bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. Gen. 35:11 And God said to him, I am the All-sufficient God: Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from your loins.

Here we see two aspects of God, denoted by His two names: as El Shaddai, our God is the One who promises and supplies us; as Jehovah, He is the One who exists and fulfills His promise.

Because God loves us and called us out, He promised to give us Christ as our all-inclusive good land to be our enjoyment and experience day by day; because God is the great I am, the One who exists, He comes in to fulfill His promise in our experience.

This should be our experience every day: we should experience God not only as the One who promises but all the more as the One who fulfills His promises.

We need to receive His promises, pray-read over God’s word to enjoy His promises, and claim these promises in our experience, and our God, the great I am – Jehovah God, will come in to fulfill them.

Because Jehovah exists eternally and because He is the reality of the verb to be, He will fulfill what He has spoken. No matter how long it takes, He will fulfill it.

He comes in to promise us many things in His word, and He also speaks to us personally, giving us a calling, promising things to us, and speaking to us; He is the One who fulfills what He has promised!

Lord, thank You for being not only the El Shaddai – the One who supplies us bountifully and who promises to us – but also Jehovah, the great I am, the One who fulfills what He has promised. Amen, Lord, we stand on Your word and we claim your promises. You have promised to bring us into the full enjoyment and experience of Christ as the all-inclusive good land – do it in our experience! Bring us fully into the enjoyment of the all-inclusive Christ for the building up of the church, the Body of Christ!

Today we are Experiencing God not only as El Shaddai but as Jehovah, the Great I am

Exo. 6:7-8 And I will take you to Myself as My people, and I will be your God; and you shall know that I am Jehovah your God, the One who brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you as a possession. I am Jehovah.I am so encouraged to realize that our God is not only El Shaddai – the God who bountifully supplies us and promises to us – but also Jehovah, the great I am, the One who exists forever and who fulfills His promises.

God is here not only to promise us but also to fulfill in our lives everything that He has spoken in His word. God will fulfill only what He has actually spoken; He will not fulfill what we think God speaks to us, the things that come from our desires, or our lusts; God will fulfill His promises and His word.

We need to be very discerning and cautious in attributing a speaking or promise to God; He does speak a living word, and He does speak in the principle of incarnation, but He will fulfill only what He has promised.

Because He is the great I am – the One who was, who is, and who will forever be – He can fulfill what He has promised. No matter how long it takes, He will fulfill it. We may be exhausted in waiting for Him to fulfill His promise, but He will fulfill what He has promised.

In the Lord’s recovery today we are not in the stage of promise but in the stage of fulfillment; we are experiencing God not only as El Shaddai but also as Jehovah, the great I am. He has promised that He will build His church (Matt. 16:18), and He is fulfilling this in our midst today.

In our Christian life we are on a journey filled with the fulfillment of the promises of God, together with trials and tests. Because God is Jehovah, the great I am, He will fulfill all that He has spoken. We need to experience God as the reality of verb to be, the great I am.

When we encounter problems, tests, trials, and difficulties, we should not merely ask God for help but tell Him, Lord, You are. My problems are NOT – they are here today, but they will end, yet You, Lord, will be forever!

When you have a need or are in difficulty, do not merely praise the Lord for His richness and sufficiency. You should also praise Him that He is the One who is. Do not simply thank Him that He is able and mighty, but declare boldly, “Lord, You are.” When they are in need, many Christians pray to the Lord as the sufficient One. But have you ever heard of Christians praising the Lord for His eternal existence? The Lord is longing for some to proclaim, “Lord, You are!” We need to be those who praise the Lord in this way. We should not simply thank the Lord for His richness, sufficiency, and ability. If we have received the revelation of the Lord as the I Am, we shall pray in a new way. When trouble comes, we shall go to the Lord and say, “Lord, here is a problem, but You are. You are the I Am, and I believe in You.” Witness Lee, Life-study of Exodus, pp. 163-167We may praise the Lord for His richness and sufficiency while we go through troubles or difficulties – this is to experience Him as El Shaddai; but when we praise Him for simply being – enjoying Him as the Great I Am – we praise Him in a deeper and higher way.

Many believers, when they are in need or in a difficulty, may pray to the Lord as the sufficient One; but who praises Him for His eternal existence? Our God is not merely the One who promises things to us and who supplies us; He is the One who IS – He simply is, and because He is the great I am, He fulfills all He has promised.

The Lord is longing for His people to praise Him and adore Him as the great I am, the One who simply is; we need to declare, Lord, You are!

We shouldn’t thank the Lord only for His riches, sufficiency, ability, and grace; we should go further with the Lord and have a higher revelation of Him as the great I am, as Jehovah God, and praise Him for who He is and for simply being.

Whether joy or sorrow, whether problems or happiness, whether we’re up or down, we should look to Him, open to Him, and praise Him for being the great I am.

Lord, we praise You for being the great I am. Our problems and difficulties are here today but they will end – yet You, Lord, will be forever. Uplift our enjoyment and appreciation of You from merely being the One who richly supplies us to the One who is. Amen, Lord, You are the I AM, the One who simply was, is, and will be. You are our God – You are Jehovah God, and we praise You for being the great I am! Hallelujah, our God is – He is not only the One who supplies us and bountifully cares for us, but He simply is – He’s the great I am!

References and Hymns on this Topic
  • Inspiration: the Word of God, my enjoyment in the ministry, the message by Ron Kangas for this week, and portions from, Life-study of Exodus, msg. 14 (by Witness Lee), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, Crystallization-study of Ezekiel (2), msg. 3 (week 15 in the HWMR), “Know That I Am Jehovah”.
  • Hymns on this topic:
    # Gracious Lord, Thy name “I AM” is, / Precious name, how rich and full ‘tis, / All-inclusive, faithful too ‘tis- / All we need, Thou art!… / What Thou art-eternal, boundless, / Full and perfect, rich, exhaustless – / Meets our need to utter fullness / And from us o’erflows. (Hymns #78)
    # O Lord, Thou art in me as life / And everything to me! / Subjective and available, / Thus I experience Thee. / To all my needs both great and small / Thou art the rich supply; / So ready and sufficient too / For me now to apply. (Hymns #539)
    # Praise the Lord! The God of glory / Who appeared to Abraham / Has appeared to us in spirit / For His purpose and His plan! / God of glory, God of glory, / Do appear to us today, / Saturate and permeate us / Till You fully have Your way. (Song on the God of glory)
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Hi there, I am Stefan Misaras, and I live and work in London (UK), meeting with the church in London. I love the Lord Jesus, His Word, the ministry of the age, and the saints. Enjoy the Lord!
PS. My personal website is StefanMisaras.com.

  • brother L.

    Young people, my burden in this message is especially for you. I am grateful to the Lord for your faithfulness to His recovery. But I realize that there is a long journey ahead of you and that many trials and tests await you. I want to testify to you that the very God whom you are serving is not only El Shaddai but also Jehovah….Because He is the One who is, He will fulfill all that He has promised. I may not be able to keep my word because I may cease to be. But because Jehovah exists eternally and because He is the reality of the verb to be, He will fulfill whatever He has spoken. When you encounter tests, trials, and difficulties, you should say, “Lord, You are. My problems will end, but You, Lord, will be forever.”

    When you have a need or are in difficulty, do not merely praise the Lord for His richness and sufficiency. You should also praise Him that He is the One who is. Do not simply thank Him that He is able and mighty, but declare boldly, “Lord, You are.” When they are in need, many Christians pray to the Lord as the sufficient One. But have you ever heard of Christians praising the Lord for His eternal existence? The Lord is longing for some to proclaim, “Lord, You are!” We need to be those who praise the Lord in this way.

    We should not simply thank the Lord for His richness, sufficiency, and ability. If we have received the revelation of the Lord as the I Am, we shall pray in a new way. When trouble comes, we shall go to the Lord and say, “Lord, here is a problem, but You are. You are the I Am, and I believe in You.” (Life-study of Exodus, pp. 163-167, by Witness Lee)

  • 広瀬好幸

    アーメン主に感謝します
    Amen, my Lord.

  • Juliet C.

    Praise the Lord! Amen

  • Jimmy K.

    Yes, hallelujah that we can now experience God as Jehovah – no longer as promises only, but the fulfillment of those promises. And on such a personal basis also!

  • Moh S.

    Hallelujah! Amen brother, He is Jehovah who draws near to man. Jehovah is His name for existence and fulfilment. In the Lord’s recovery today we are not in the stage of promise; we are in the stage of fulfilment. What was promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was fulfilled with Moses and the children of Israel. Thank you Lord fulfil Your promise in Your recovery, do it with us. You will fulfill what You have spoken because You are not only El Shaddai to supply us and promise us but Jehovah to exist and fulfill.

  • M. S.

    Amen. Thank You Lord on our journey ahead may we experience You as Jehovah, the I AM, through all our problems, trials and difficulties be the One near to us, fulfilling what You have promised.

  • Claude Y.

    Amen! O Lord grace us to receive the revelation of You as the I AM, for our prayer life to be balanced and uplifted; praising You in season and out of season!

  • Clive B.

    Amen. You are so timeless and endless. O thank you for the beginning of our salvation which is endless, even when we are in eternity Lord , we can’t even scratch the surface of what you have for us, you lead us from glory to glory.

  • Bob M.

    Thank You Lord Jesus.

  • Yayra A.

    Lord my problems will end and my circumstances and situation will also end ,But You are Jehovah the” I AM”

  • Yoli W.

    I AM is in control!!! Stay in His presence. God first then everything falls into place. He will protect you, He will supply all your needs, He will heal you, He is the God of More Than Enough!!! In Jesus name Amen!!!🙏😉✌️👏

  • Nancy A.

    Amen, you are the I am, and I believe in you lord. Hallelujah

  • Jessie K.

    Amen! PTL! Praise you are The eternal existence

  • Maude S.

    Lord, You are.

  • Michael U.

    Lord you are!!

  • RhaDaep Mg Hla

    Amen thank you Lord Jesus